Billboard Bits: Allmans, Collective Soul, Sugerman

News on the Allman Brothers, Collective Soul, Sugerman

BrothersThe Allman Brothers Band has set its annual spring run at New York's Beacon Theatre for March 10-12, 14-15 and 17-19. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 7) via Ticketmaster. The group has performed more than 150 shows at the Beacon since the "Midnight Madness" run began in 1989.

At present, the Beacon run is the only live activity on the band's schedule. As previously reported, Gregg Allman will play eight dates this month with his solo band, beginning Jan. 21 in Jim Thorpe, Pa.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

SoulCollective Soul is hitting the road on a Western U.S. tour that opens Jan. 15 in Steamboat Springs, Col. Along with a Jan. 18 appearance on CBS' "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," the band has dates scheduled through a Feb. 27 show in Portland, Ore. Full dates are listed on the band's
official Web site.

As previously reported, "Better Now," the second single from the group's latest album, "Youth," will be featured in director Wes Craven's "Cursed" and on the film's Treadstone Records soundtrack. Released in late November on the band's own El Music Group, "Youth" debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and No. 66 on The Billboard 200.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, died yesterday (Jan. 5) in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 50.

Sugerman, a legendary figure in Los Angeles rock circles, began his association with the Doors when he was 14, skipping school to hang out in the band's offices as an aide. He officially became their manager in the early '80s and, at the time of his death, still managed the band with Jeff Jampol. Sugerman also had a long association with Iggy Pop.

Sugerman chronicled his time with the Doors in his book "Wonderland Ave." and co-wrote with Jerry Hopkins the Jim Morrison bio "No One Here Gets Out Alive." He is survived by his wife, Fawn Hall Sugerman, and a brother.

-- Melinda Newman, N.Y.